Books to Read for Pregnancy, Birth, Babies and Motherhood

recommended reading list

Over the years I've collected a reading list that I often will recommend to others (when asked). And I find myself adding to this list as I get my hands on new resources and books. 

I know sometimes as parents, reading is a luxury. Well, reading books outside of your children's books that is! But, when you're seeking a good book for raising children, natural living, birthing and other topics that come up in our parenting path, here's a good list to get you started with choices to choose from.


Parenting Books

  • What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child, Susan Markel, M.D.
  • The Premature Baby Book, William Sears, M.D.
  • The Attachment Parenting Book, William Sears, M.D.
  • The Vaccine Book by Dr. Bob Sears, M.D.
  • Attached at the Heart, Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker
  • Playful Parenting, Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph. D.
  • Unconditional Parenting, Alfie Kohn
  • Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations, Stephanie Cave M.D.
  • The Baby Book, William Sears, M.D.
  • The Discipline Book, William Sears, M.D.
  • Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
  • The Portable Pediatrician,  Willam Sears, MD, Martha Sears, RN, Robert Sears, MD
  • Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham
  • Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik
  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Dr. Laura Markham
  • Positive Discipline, Jane Nelsen
  • Parenting with Love and Logic by Cline and Fay
  • UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Dr Michelle Borba
  • Colic and Babies ~ Article by Dr Laura Markham

    Children and Sleep

    Breastfeeding Books

    • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book), La Leche League
    • The Breastfeeding Book, Martha Sears, L.C.
    • Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, Ina May Gaskin
    • Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond, Hilary Flower
    • Breastfeeding Made Simple by by Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC and Jack Newman MD

      Birthing Books

      • The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer
      • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
      • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition, Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
      • Birthing from Within by Pam England


      Books to read

      Natural Living Books

      • Better Basics for the Home, Annie Berthold-Bond
      • The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning, Karyn Siegel-Maier
      • Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, Stephanie Tourles
      • The Creative Family, Amanda Blake Soule
      • Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures, Amanda Blake Soule
      • Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day, Shea Darian
      • Festivals Family and Food, Diana Carey
      • Aromatherapy and Massage for Mother and Baby by Allison England
      • Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar 
      • Healing Wise by Susun Weed 
      • The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra 
      • Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar 
      • The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason



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